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Summary.     Click for More > French warship captures pirates   A warship has captured 11 pirates off the coast of Kenya, amid calls for the international community to deal with the problem of piracy Dutch navy captures pirates after attack Italian cruise ship thwarts pirate attack Ethiopian forces back in Somalia Fierce battle in Somali capital Clinton to hold key Somalia talks Al-Qaeda Somalia suspect 'killed'  US forces have 'likely killed' Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, a top al-Qaeda suspect, during a US military raid China ups rescue effort for hijacked ship Couple tell of Somalia kidnapping  Paul Chandler, 59, being held by Somali pirates has spoken to TV from aboard a container ship where they are being held hostage U.S. ship thwarts second pirate attack British hostages say pirates will kill them Blast kills 19 at graduation ceremony
At least 100 people killed in oil fire Pirates free arms ship US crew seized by Somali pirates  The pirates have hijacked Maersk Alabama with at least 20 crew on board, after what maritime officials described as a sustained night-time attack Drama as US crew recapture vessel U.S. warship nears boat carrying pirates U.S. negotiators try to free captain Captain tried to escape pirates Hostage dies as French attack pirates Pirates hijack US-Italian vessel Pirates fire on approaching U.S. sailors Captain rescued, snipers kill 3 pirates
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  U.S. Navy snipers fatally shot pirates holding Richard Phillips hostage after seeing one of the pirates 'had an AK-47 leveled at the captain's back'.    The ship was stormed by pirates 350 miles off Somalia. The captain of Maersk Alabama, Amer...
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'Ransom paid' for hijacked supertanker Saudi tanker crew 'safe and well'   At least 100 people killed in oil fire   An overturned petrol tanker caught fire on a highway and exploded and hundreds of people gathered to collect spilled fuel Gaddafi elected as next AU leader Pirates free arms ship  Pirates who hijacked a Ukrainian ship MV Faina loaded with weapons have received a ransom and have left the vessel Destroyers set sail on anti-piracy mission Dangers off Somali coast increasing   US crew seized by Somali pirates


January 2009 ... more > Top ^
Jan.4  Two kidnapped journalists reported freed
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Jan.12  Pirate tells how five drowned
Jan.13  Pirates release two ships off East Africa
Jan.15  'Terror group' joins capital takeover
Jan.24  'Cowardly' suicide bombing kills 15
Jan.30  13 bodies found in scorched shop
Jan.31  Obama half-brother on drug charge
 


February 2009 ... more > Top ^
Feb.2
Feb.3  No consensus on Africa unity plan
Feb.5  
 U.S. envoy found dead
Feb.7  New president returns from exile
Feb.11  U.S. Navy arrests pirate suspects in Gulf
Feb.13  Russian warship apprehends pirates
Feb.22  Peacekeepers attacked
Feb.27  Displaced Somalis return to Mogadishu
Feb.28  President bends to demand for sharia law


March 2009 ... more > Top ^
Mar.2  Navy releases 9 suspected pirates
Mar.4  U.S. to handing pirate suspects to Kenya
Mar.5  British cruise ship in 'pirate attack' scare
Mar.12  Japan to fight piracy off Africa
Mar.14
Mar.21  U.S. Navy releases six suspected pirates


April 2009 ... more > Top ^
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  The pirates have hijacked Maersk Alabama with at least 20 crew on board, after what maritime officials described as a sustained night-time attack
    Drama as US crew recapture vessel  Pirates hold ship's skipper. The destroyer USS Bainbridge has arrived on the scene where a U.S. freighter was hijacked off the Horn Africa   U.S. warship nears boat carrying pirates   Guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge arrived before dawn near a 28-foot lifeboat holding four pirates and the kidnapped captain Apr.9 US to boost Africa pirate forces   U.S. negotiators try to free captain  Negotiators aboard a U.S. Navy warship are trying to secure the release of Richard Phillips who is being held by pirates on a lifeboat Apr.10   Captain tried to escape pirates  Richard Phillips was believed to be trying to swim to the USS Bainbridge. The pirates jumped into the water, recaptured him     Hostage dies as French attack pirates  A French hostage and two pirates died Friday in a rescue operation. Four hostages, including a child, were freed from the hijacked yacht More pirates searching for lifeboat Apr.11     Pirates hijack US-Italian vessel  Somali pirates have hijacked a US-owned tugboat in the Gulf of Aden with 16 crew members on board - 10 of them Italians U.S.-flagged ship nears Kenya     Pirates fire on approaching U.S. sailors  Pirates fired on U.S. sailors as they tried to reach the lifeboat where an American captain is being held. Sailors did not return fire  US 'in talks' with pirates Apr.12   Captain rescued, snipers kill 3 pirates
  U.S. Navy snipers fatally shot pirates holding Richard Phillips hostage after seeing one of the pirates 'had an AK-47 leveled at the captain's back'
 The ship was stormed by pirates 350 miles off Somalia. The captain of Maersk Alabama, American cargo-ship, who'd been held in a lifeboat in the Indian Ocean, was rescued uninjured.
Apr.13  US politician targeted Apr.14 Pirates attack U.S. cargo ship but fail Apr.15   French warship captures pirates
  A warship has captured 11 pirates off the coast of Kenya, amid calls for the international community to deal with the problem of piracy.    It had detected a 'mother ship', and observ...
 Parliament member killed Apr.18   Dutch navy captures pirates after attack  Dutch naval forces captured seven pirates and freed 20 captive fishermen after tracking the pirates to their 'mother ship' in the Gulf of Aden Apr.19  Pirate attack thwarted in Gulf of Aden Apr.20  Ethiopia's Merga wins Boston Marathon Apr.22  UN head against new Somalia force Apr.23  PM: Anti-pirate patrols not working Apr.24  $213M pledged to beat Somali pirates Apr.26   Italian cruise ship thwarts pirate attack  The captain foiled an attack by pirates off the coast of Somalia by ordering his security crew to fire back Apr.28  Russia captures Somalia pirates Apr.30  Women ban sex over political reform

May 2009 ... more > Top ^
May.2  Pirates hijack UK ship in Indian Ocean May.3  Pirates seized after threatening Navy ship May.7  Aristocrat guilty of manslaughter May.12 'Guilty' aristocrat awaits sentencing May.14  U.S., Korean warships stop pirate attack May.15  US alarmed at Eritrea 'arms link' May.17  Militants capture key town May.19   Ethiopian forces back in Somalia
Map of Kalabeyr Somalia  Ethiopian forces returned to Somalia, some equipped with heavy artillery, seizing control of a Somali border town May.22   Fierce battle in Somali capital Map of Mogadishu Somalia  Pro-government forces have launched a major attack against Islamist militants controlling parts of the capital. At least 36 people were killed May.23  Civilians caught in fighting, dozens dead May.24  Blast kills seven May.26  More Somalis flee heavy fighting in capital

June 2009 ... more > Top ^
Jun.3  Delta denied to Nairobi, Monrovia Jun.5  Police accused of widespread killing Jun.6  Pirates release tugboat held 10 months Jun.18 Security minister killed
Jun.22 Kenya rejects call for Somalia military help Jun.28  Somali pirates release Belgian ship, crew

July 2009 ... more > Top ^
Jul.12  Fresh fighting erupts Jul.14  Foreigners seized from Mogadishu hotel Jul.16 Somali PM speaks with French hostage
Jul.23 Cable - big promises for African Internet

August 2009 ... more > Top ^
Aug.1  Global warning as militants flex muscles Aug.5     Clinton to hold key Somalia talks   US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is due to hold talks with Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed in Nairobi Aug.6 Clinton threatens Eritrea action
Aug.10  Pirates free Italian ship after 4 months Aug.14  34 fishermen free months after hijacking Aug.17  Legend Bekele powers to fourth world title Aug.26 Somalia hostage tells of escape Aug.27 U.N. seeks $230M to fight Kenya hunger

September 2009 ... more > Top ^
Sep.2  Drought, death grips Kenyan heartland Sep.14   Al-Qaeda Somalia suspect 'killed'
  US forces have 'likely killed' Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, a top al-Qaeda suspect, during a US military raid
Sep.20  Gebrselassie wins fourth straight Berlin  Islamists 'ban' UN books Sep.24 UN warns over East Africa hunger
Sep.28  Oxfam launches East Africa appeal

October 2009 ... more > Top ^
Oct.2  UN: U.S. delaying millions in aid to Somalia Oct.3  Aid workers released Oct.6  Clans 'set for 2012 riots' Oct.7 Pirates attack navy ship 'in error'
Oct.12  Pirates urge Spain to free pair Oct.17  Flood warning for drought-hit East Africa Oct.20   China ups rescue effort for hijacked ship  China plans to make 'every effort to rescue' a merchant bulk carrier De Xin Hai and crew hijacked in the Indian Ocean  Report: Eritrea worst for press freedom Oct.25 Somalis 'made to view executions' Oct.26 Call to act on maternal mortality Oct.29   Couple tell of Somalia kidnapping
  Paul Chandler, 59, being held by Somali pirates has spoken to TV from aboard a container ship where they are being held hostage
Oct.30 Ransom demanded for yacht couple


November 2009 ... more > Top ^
Nov.6 Adulterer stoned to death
Nov.9 Mid-ocean pirate attack on tanker Nov.13 Landslide kills 20 Nov.14  Nigeria edge out Tunisia Nov.18   U.S. ship thwarts second pirate attack  Maersk Alabama that played a central role in a bloody hijacking drama last spring was attacked again Nov.20   British hostages say pirates will kill them  A British couple kidnapped from their yacht pleaded for their life in a video broadcast on Britain's Channel 4 Friday Nov.25 Two journalists released

December 2009 ... more > Top ^
Dec.3     Blast kills 19 at graduation ceremony   A male suicide bomber dressed in women's clothing killed 3 members of interim government and 16 others at a medical school graduation ceremo... Dec.15 12 Eritrean soccer players sought in Kenya